WELCOME to our districts section featuring events from communities around the borough.
Free arts and crafts activity day
WIGAN Life Centre on Library Street is holding events from 10am until 4pm on Thursday May 23.
At 10am participants can make puppets with wooden spoons. Jewellery-making is available from 1pm. Staff will be on hand to teach and advise. At 2pm trained tutors will help participants draw with pastel colours. And at 3pm there is a chance to create blossoming summer pots and hanging baskets.
Bumper fund-raising day in aid of charity
ON Saturday May 25 Wigan and Leigh Deaf Children’s Society is touring the town centre to raise awareness of the group. Volunteers will also be bag-packing at the Iceland store in Standishgate from 10am to 5pm.
Free phone WiFi at shopping centre
FREE WiFi will be available to every shopper at Wigan’s Grand Arcade as of Saturday May 25 which will enable easy access to the internet on smart-phones and tablets.
The shopping centre has recognised shopper demands and has installed the service that will allow bargain hunters to compare prices, chat with friends via social media, and even continue working with easy access to the internet as they enjoy some retail therapy.
The arcade says the launch of the free service shows it is reacting to the needs of shoppers as people are becoming increasingly active online as they go about their day to day lives.
For more information on this visit www.grand-arcade.co.uk or visit www.facebook.com/GAwiganshopping or Twitter @GAWiganShopping.
Holy Communion church service
ON Thursday May 30 at 7.30pm there will be a service of Wholeness and Healing at St Michael’s All Angels Church.
This is a quiet Holy Communion service to heal congregation members in body and mind. The 1662 Choir has put a great deal of thought and devotion into the planning of the service and in doing so has created an atmosphere where people can think and pray. Everyone is welcome to come along and receive Holy Communion or just sit and reflect.
Church group continuing this month
St Catharine’s Parish Church on Scholefield Lane is holding its monthly “Messy Church” group on June 5.
The theme for last month’s get-together was The Prodigal Son and what the story could explain about Lent.
Crafts were available to create animals and a journal.
Refreshments will be provided.
For more information contact 01942 495831.
Event in aid of Wigan and Leigh Hospice
STAR TREKKERS is an annual ladies’ sponsored walk around the streets of the town centre to raise funds for Wigan and Leigh Hospice on Saturday June 8, starting at 10pm.
Two options are available, approximately eight miles and five miles respectively.
Last year the event raised around £47,000 which was a fantastic contribution to the Hospice funds.
Participants can invite family and friends to sponsor them. Every penny is used to provide specialist hospice care and support to patients and their loved ones.
For more information contact the fund raising team on 01942 525566.
Chinese art display in shopping centre
WIGAN and Leigh College students have launched a Chinese Art Display The Confucius Classroom at the Grand Arcade.
Its main purpose is to provide people who’ve not been to China with a basic introduction. Pupils have tried to make the display both artistically and informatively enjoyable.
The Confucius Classroom is a worldwide programme, whose head quarter is in Beijing and funded by the Chinese government to provide interested people with more understanding of China. The display is divided into five themes: cities, festivals, food, art and nature. Three modern and also historically significant cities are displayed. The display is located under the main stairs.
Church car boot sale set for this weekend
ST Bernadette’s will be holding a car boot sale this Saturday from 9am to noon at the school site on Church Lane.
The parish will have its own tombola stall and will provide refreshments.
Donations of good quality bric-a-brac and prizes for the tombola can be made to the church at mass times.
Table top sale places up for grabs
RESIDENTS are urged to start booking places for Standish Community Centre’s table top sale.
The popular event will be held on June 8 between 10am and 2.30pm.
The centre on Moody Street will be open from 9am for stallholders. Refreshments will be available on the day, tables can be booked for £6.
For more information or to book a place, contact 01257 421048 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Child and parent group at centre
A POPULAR play session is held every Thursday at the Aspull Children’s Centre at Aspull Methodist Church, Wigan Road.
Running from 9.30am to 11am, the class is for under-fives, there is no need to book a place and there is a £1.50 charge per family. For more information about this class and others, please contact 01942 486850
Women’s Institute meeting
THIS month’s meeting of the Shevington Women’s Institute is tonight at the Methodist Church Hall.
They are held on every fourth Wednesday of the month and always have excellent speakers.
Refreshments and home made cakes are also available.
For more information contact Sylvia McHugh on 01257 401963.
Line worker drop-in
INFORMAL sessions with guidance for families are available every Friday at Standish library from 9.30am to 11am.
Band event in park this weekend
JUBILEE Park will be alive with the sound of music this week as the Golborne Brass Band performs an extended set.
The event has been organised by the Friends of Jubilee Park Committee. Limited seating is available but everyone is encouraged to attend.
The concert starts at 2pm on Sunday May 26 and visitors can bring a picnic and their own chairs if they choose to.
Two further bands in the park events are scheduled for later in the year, one on June 16 and August 18.
For more information about either this weekend’s concert or future events in the park please contact 01942 200411.
Road closures for drainage works
UNITED Utilities will be carrying out drainage investigations this weekend.
Temporary traffic signals will be in operation between Tyrer Avenue and Skew Bridge.
The works will be carried out throughout both Saturday and Sunday.
Road closures for Mayor’s parade
A CIVIC parade for the new Mayor will mean several roads will be closed between 9.45am and 10.45am on Sunday.
Carr Lane from Stewart Road to Ashby Road, Ashby Road for its full length, Howden Drive for its full length, Poolstock Lane from Howden Drive to Carr Lane and St Paul’s Avenue from Poolstock Lane to Walpole Avenue will all be closed.
Kayak and Canoe session at flash
WIGAN Canoeing Group is holding a taster session this Thursday May 23 from 6pm at Scotman’s Flash, opposite the Tippings Arms pub.
All you need is a towel, old shoes and some warm clothes to change into.
All equipment will be provided.
The kayak and canoe session is for those aged eight and over and is only £2 with a free BBQ afterwards.
Music and beer festival at pub
A PUB is hosting a packed weekend of activities including live music performances and a beer festival.
The two days of festivities at the Old Boat House, on Higher Green Lane, will see the programme of attractions run from noon until midnight this weekend.
There will be a hog roast on Saturday and barbeque on Sunday, while other attractions include a magician, live bands, a balloon artist, a bouncy castle and face painting.
New social club for young deaf people
LEIGH Deaf Club has set up a new monthly social group for young deaf people aged 16 years and over.
The group will hold a monthly night at the Leigh Sports Village, with activities including pool, table tennis, darts and games on the Wii.
The cost will be £2. To find out more, visit www.leighdeafclub.co.uk
Motorists face delays due to gas works
NATIONAL Grid Gas is carrying out a fortnight of gas mains replacement works on Church Lane.
Temporary traffic lights were installed at the junction with Milton Road on Monday, and will be in use at all times for two weeks.
Coffee morning in aid of charity
ATHERTON WI is holding a coffee morning for the local Salvation Army at St Richard’s Parish Centre.
The event is on Friday, June 14, from 10am until noon, and there will be stalls selling home produce, cards, books and a tombola. Entry is £1.
Church social night of pasties and puzzles
ALL Saints’ Church in Hindley is organising a pasties, puzzles and puddings night on Saturday, May 25.
Teams must comprise four people or fewer and entry is £3. The 7pm event is in the church’s meeting room.
Car boot sale
BILLINGE Residents’ Association is holding a car boot sale at Birchley St Mary’s Club car park, in Trent Road, on Monday May 27. The event will be open from 10am until 2pm. To book a space, which costs £8, call 01744 603210, or 01744 893260.
A bit of variety
A VARIETY night will be held at St Teresa’s Catholic Club, in College Road, on Friday May 24 at 7.30pm, in aid of Queen’s Court Hospice, Southport.
The annual garden fete, is on Monday May 27 at Cardinal Heenan House, School Lane.
If anyone has any items and unwanted gifts such as good-as-new clothes, toys, games, bottles for tombola, drop them off at the church,
Mums and their tots
MOTHERS and their babies and tots are invited to attend a coffee morning at
Starbucks, in Scot Lane, every Monday and Wednesday from 9am until 2pm. Ask in store for more details.
A COFFEE morning will be held at St Andrew’s Parish Centre, in Woodhouse Lane, on Friday May 24 from 10am.
All money raised from the event will go towards Christian Aid.
Invite to a fun day
A BANK holiday fun day will be held at St James’ Social Centre, St James’ Road, on Monday May 27 from 1pm until 4pm. Entertainment includes Jimbo’s Fun Time Comedy Show, games, a mini disco, a talent contest and Mickey Mouse. Entry is by ticket only, which costs £2 for children and parents are free. For a ticket call Joe Marcroft on 01695 623902.
THE next Mother’s Union meeting will be on Thursday May 23 at St John Edleston Centre in Main Street, from 7.30pm. Julia Pratt will be the guest speaker.